Lake Garda is a popular European tourist destination and Malcesine is one of the lovely towns on this lake in Northern Italy. Its most prominent landmark is the Castello Scaligero, which has 13th-century fortifications and an older medieval tower. Remnants of an Etruscan tomb have been found within the castle walls. The castle was fortified by the della Scala family who ruled the region throughout the 13th century.Other sights include the a rural church with a baptistery or pieve of St. Stephen (8th century), the church of Santa Maria di Navene (11th century)In 1786, Goethe was questioned by the local magistrate on suspicion of being a spy while drawing sketches of the castle.Behind Malcesine rises the 1750 m-high Monte Baldo. Its summit is reachable through funivia, or cable car.
February 24th, 2014
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